Australia Faces Uphill Battle in Christchurch as NZ Bowlers Dominate

Australia Faces Uphill Battle in Christchurch as NZ Bowlers Dominate

NZ vs AUS 2nd Test Day 4 Live Updates: Australia Faces Uphill Battle in Christchurch

New Zealand's bowlers put Australia in a precarious position on Day 4 of the second Test in Christchurch, leaving the tourists needing 202 runs to win with six wickets in hand.

Mitchell Marsh (27*) and Travis Head (17*) will resume their innings on Monday, tasked with guiding Australia to an improbable victory. The hosts set a challenging target of 279 for Australia, a daunting task considering the tourists' recent struggles with the bat.

New Zealand's bowlers dominated the first session, claiming the wickets of David Warner (13), Marnus Labuschagne (1), Steve Smith (18), and Cameron Green (15). Trent Boult and Tim Southee were the chief destroyers, taking two wickets each.

Australia's top order has been under fire throughout the series, and their struggles continued in Christchurch. Warner was caught behind off Boult, while Labuschagne was trapped lbw by Southee. Smith, who has been in poor form, was dismissed by Boult after edging a delivery to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.

Green, who had been Australia's most consistent batsman in the series, was caught at slip off Southee. His dismissal left Australia reeling at 77 for 4, with the match seemingly slipping away from them.

However, Marsh and Head showed some resistance in the final session, adding 40 runs for the fifth wicket. Marsh, in particular, looked fluent, hitting four boundaries.

Australia will need a monumental effort on Day 5 to pull off a victory. The highest successful fourth innings chase at Hagley Oval is 285 for 8, set by New Zealand against Sri Lanka last year.

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